March 2017 Golf School – Serious Speed Increase

We just completed another mind blowing or should I say speed blowing golf school.

It never ceases to amaze me the speed increases our students achieve. In this blog, I’m going to break down what we do and how we do it.

Student #1 is a 51 year old golfer that plays to about a 6 handicap. He’s in good shape and about 6’1″, 190. His main goal in coming here was to regain lost speed/distance due to casting and also to get his tempo more consistent. You can see from his ‘before swing’ that he:

  • has no angle
  • has no lag
  • is flippy at impact
  • tempo is slow and 4:1

These swing characteristics lead to low CHS, he was around 98 mph and inconsistent shot making. His 6 handicap comes from pure athleticism and competitiveness (not from his swing).

 

Student #2 is a 65 year old golfer that is in decent shape with pretty good speed, around 90-94 on a driver. However, he struggles with coming over the top and hitting a massive slice.

After getting their ‘before’ videos and ‘before’ launch numbers, we then start the training.

If you follow my blog at all, you know that the training does NOT involve hitting golf balls. That is a tired paradigm and not effective at changing motor skills, especially when you’re working on speed. We begin the training with SpeedBall. It’s not anything crazy special, it’s Y Drills, L drills, one arm swings and then tempo work with the SpeedBall.

The thing that we do THAT IS SPECIAL is that we do each drill exactly right.

We do them slowly and feel what we’re doing. Then we progress in speed while maintaining proper form. For those of you new to training (of any sort) that is called a progression. For some unknown reason, the world of golf has lost track of that word. We think that we can just go play golf and/or change a (subconscious) motor skill on the while hitting balls on the range. No other sport works like this, especially sports where proper form is a must. Anyway, I digress, back to the training.

Once we progress thru the speedball, we then use 2 of our new training aids (not yet on the market) the LagMan and the PowerAir. When you combine these devices with the Power Whip & the SpeedBall training, there is a synergy that creates better mechanics, better feel and a ton of speed! (I personally used this combo to increase my CHS from 115 mph to 125+ and my ball speed from 172 to 187+…more on my training soon)

Then from there we progress (there is that word again) to speed training with the SpeedBall and this is where the magic really happens!

If you are a loyal reader, you know that to the 3 most important keys to improving CHS (and thus distance) are:

  • improving mechanics with increased lag
  • using properly applied resistance to take advantage of SAID
  • improving tempo

If you do any of these 3, you get a gain in CHS. If you can do ALL 3, you get the amazing speed gains we see with our students. We have specific training aids and protocols for these 3 important keys.

Mechanics/LAG: The Lagman and PowerAir (with Power Whip) create a new paradigm and feel for the golfer of creating the angle and maintaining the angle in the swing. First we learn it slowly, then we PROGRESS to more speed. When this is done even a few times, lag improves. Also, both of these training aids incorporate a SAID element, so the increased lag becomes lights up new muscles and neurons in the brain, which truly make it deliberate practice.

In regards to lag, I sometimes dislike the term ‘holding lag’. It can cause the golfer to think he has to ‘hold’. Lag is created, not held on to. Here is a great quote from Brady:

If I understand where we are headed, it sounds like we will create conditions where lag is created and maintained on it’s own and requires no holding off or conscious thought to maintain?

RESISTANCE: Once we’ve done this, we then PROGRESS to full speed swings with the SpeedBall with Power Module. The SpeedBall with Power Module gives the golfer perfectly applied resistance at impact and tells the brain you have some serious resistance you need to overcome. The brain begins to recruit more speed & power knowing it has to swing THRU the hitting zone and get thru the Impact Target. Brady’s first few swings were 110-112, and then with each swing he started to realize that he can swing faster and faster. He was able to reach a high of 121 mph, which is truly incredible when you consider his casting motion/speed he started with just 1 day prior. This is a gain of 15-20 mph of CHS, which will lead to Brady driving the ball 30 to 40 yards farther. Go back and read that one more time, it’s crazy to think that happened in a 2 hour session. But it does show what we are all capable of when we train wit the correct tools and protocols.

John had a similar speed increase going from 92 mph to 107 mph. With that speed increase he will pick up 30 yards, but it might be more because he was losing yardage due to a poor smash factor and a slice.

TEMPO: We then put it all together with Tour Tempo. The tones of Tour Tempo help the golfer to QUIT thinking and just be athletic and reflexive. It allows you to take your new swing/speed to the ball and the course. Since the tones never change (time-wise), you are able to create consistency.

The entire routine looks like this:

  • Warm up
  • Speedball Training: Y Drills, L Drills, 1 arm swings
  • Lagman with Power Whip
  • PowerAir with Power Whip
  • Speedball with Power Module – Full speed
  • Speedball with Power Module – Full speed (with Tour Tempo)
  • Lagman with Power Whip
  • PowerAir with Power Whip

When done correctly, this progression produces incredible speed gains. Even better, our golfers improve mechanics/squareness at impact!

Let’s take a look at John’s swing in this before image. He has the classic OT move and hits a weak slice. His path on the FS was 10-14 left. Ideally, we want the path to be less than 3. The other thing you can see from this video is that John ‘leans’ into it and this causes all kinds of issues, the main 2 being inconsistency and also reduces rotation which reduces speed.

 

We put John thru the training and look at the amazing difference when swinging the speedball. His path is now zero (if not a degree right), he’s not leaning into it and he’s getting off of his right side to create more power. It’s a total transformation. As he works daily/weekly and does the drills this will become his ‘real’ swing and the results will be dramatically better.

 

Take a look at this image of Brady. He’s halfway down and lost all angle, and thus all speed.

 

Now take a look at Brady training using the PowerAir.

 

He’s creating lag, he’s feeling lag and he’s also getting resistance. All this translates into a better swing and just as importantly faster learning. His brain/body are feeling things they’ve NEVER felt and by lighting up the brain/muscles, he will engrain this pattern faster.

Learn more about the Tour Tempo VIP Golf School…

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Training Tempo (Me and DJ with a little Peter Drucker)

The good news is that you can train and improve your tempo. You’re not stuck with slow (crappy) tempo.

Training Tempo is just like training anything else in life. You need to have the right system to do it and you need to put in your hours. I just happen to have the right system, it’s called Tour Tempo, and amazingly you can put in minutes and improve… but, to make the changes long-lasting you need to put those minutes in daily (or at least weekly).

There is one more final piece to the Tempo puzzle and that is measuring your tempo. You have to track your training. I love this quote from Peter Drucker:

“What gets measured gets improved.”

Video of me training to the 21/7 tones (using the Total Game App via Apple Watch)

 

Video comparing Me and DJ.

 

Pretty cool, huh?!? (btw I created this video in the Tour Tempo Frame Counter App) How do I know I am on the right Tempo track? I’M MEASURING IT… then I can compare it to DJ and voila, I’m looking good. So, get the TTFC App and Measure your Tour Tempo!

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It’s a proven fact that matching your tempo to that of the PGA Tour Pros with the internationally acclaimed Tour Tempo Tones is a way to instantly improve your golf swing. The first thing you need to do is find the current tempo ratio of your swing. The Tour Tempo Frame Counter App is the easiest and quickest way to do that, because it allows you to view and count sport action video, specifically the golf swing, by advancing the video one frame at a time. Once you have the tempo ratio of your swing, you then can compare it to the tempo ratio of your favorite PGA Tour Pro.

Learn more about TOUR TEMPO Apps…

Download FRAME COUNTER…

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

DJ Part Deux

Spoiler Alert: I’m going to totally destroy some current beliefs about tempo. In other words, some serious myth busting.

One of the entrenched beliefs when it comes to tempo is the belief that your swing should match your personality. In other words, if you walk slow, talk slow, and you are generally laid back, you should have a slow, syrupy tempo. (BTW, what does slow mean? Even harder to define syrupy, but I digress, I will answer those questions down the road.)

So, according to that theory, Dustin Johnson should have the slowest, smoothest tempo on tour. He couldn’t be more laid back. He walks slow, talks super slow, and makes Freddy Couples look like a Type A… Take a guess at his (DJ’s) tempo??

Yah, not slow. Not even average. It’s fast. Very fast.

He goes WAY past parallel (on a driver) in 21-22 frames. Then back to impact in 8 more frames. So takeaway to impact is 1 second. And did I mention he goes past parallel? The past parallel thing is important because speed is a function of time AND distance. He has the same frame count as Tiger (in his prime) or Rory, but goes farther back than they did/do. So, that makes him faster.

So, can we finally drop the worn out idea that your tempo should match your personality?

It sounds good, but it just doesn’t play out. Tempo is not something you are ‘stuck’ with. You can change it, you can improve it. You can even match DJ’s tempo.

Continue to Training Tempo (Me and DJ)…

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Golf Swing Tempo – You and Dustin Johnson

The Difference Between You and Dustin Johnson

I’m going to outline a few differences between you and Dustin Johnson. I’m not doing this to rub it in your face that Dustin has it all and you don’t. I’m doing it to make a point.

Dustin has/is:

– Paulina Gretzky – Wife (ergo Wayne is his Father in Law)
– 320+ yards (you might be able to do this)
– #1 player in the world (not you)
– a win on tour since forever (again not you)
– amazing crazy athletic swing (nope)
– 21/8 golf swing Tempo

I’ve just outlined a half dozen things that Dustin Johnson can do. Do you know on that list what you can copy? When I say you, I mean pretty much everyone out there reading… since you’re still reading, you know the answer:

Golf swing tempo with the TOUR TEMPO App

You can change your GOLF SWING TEMPO! You (most likely) can’t do all that other stuff, but you can TRAIN and CHANGE your tempo for the better! Interestingly, Dustin’s tempo use to be about 26/10. The ratio is still in that 2.6 to 1 range, but it’s much faster now. Tempo is the ONE thing you can change right now. You don’t have to be:

– young
– athletic
– a tour player

You just need to know HOW TO TRAIN to improve your

GOLF SWING TEMPO!

Just in case you forgot what site upon you are reading, let me hammer it home:

TOUR TEMPO!

WE’VE GOT AN APP FOR THAT!!

Golf swing tempo of the Tour Pros by using the Tour Tempo App

 

Get the Tour Tempo golf swing tempo app right now and start training with it and try Dustin’s tempo. (on the app that would be 21/7). I guarantee that if 21/7 feels crazy fast to you, and you train with it and learn to use it (usually takes somewhere between 15 minutes to an hour) you will pick up a minimum of 10 yards RIGHT ON THE SPOT!

And you don’t need all that stuff. You just need the Tour Tempo App and a willingness to work.

Golf Swing Tempo of the Tour Pros

Now over 100,000 golfers worldwide have improved their games by using Tour Tempo. Used by beginners through Major Championship winners on the PGA Tour and validated by an Independent Scientific Study by the Departments of Physics and Biomechanics at Yale University. The Tour Tempo App allows you to learn how to correctly integrate the Golf Swing Tempo of the Tour Pros.

Learn more about TOUR TEMPO Apps…

Continue to DJ Part Deux…

TOUR TEMPO

The golf world loves to talk about swing fundamentals, but there is one that they typically leave out. I believe it is to the detriment of most recreational golfers.

The concept of swing tempo to me is one of the most important pieces of any golfer’s development, and I want to share why I believe this is true.

Tour Tempo

A couple of years ago I came across the Tour Tempo books and was fascinated with the concept. I interviewed John Novosel and John Garrity for this article that I wrote on my site, and began training with the beats.

The results have been nothing short of amazing, and I believe using tempo beats has lead to one of the greatest breakthroughs in my own game. I have continually tried to educate golfers of the merits of working on their tempo, and many who have experimented on their own have seen positive developments as well.

There’s a few reasons why this is the case…

An unrelated (but relevant) example

Fitness is an important part of my life, and I try to exercise several times a week. Like many of you reading this, sometimes it feels like a chore, and it’s hard to motivate myself to stick with a routine.

The past five to six years I have settled on spinning as my exercise of choice, and have attended many classes and learned from many instructors.

What’s interesting is that the workouts that I enjoy the most and can push myself harder with are beat-based sessions. The idea is to pick songs that have certain beat timing (usually between 65 beats per minute all the way up to 110), and you try to match your pedal strokes to the tempo of the song.

Something great happens when you are able to match your cycling pace up to the song. You stop thinking about how you are pedaling, the physical pain you might be enduring, and how much time you have left in your workout. You become completely focused on the song, and it allows your mind to go to a more “productive state. ”

Tempo can free your swing

The exact same feeling I get from matching my cycling strokes to songs occurs with my golf swing. When you are swinging with tempo beats all of a sudden you are not thinking about where parts of your body should be during your swing.

Your attention is solely focused on trying to match your swing to the beats, and it frees your mind and body to make a fluid, athletic golf swing.

I am a strong believer that a golfer can’t play their best when their minds are filled with all kinds of technical checkpoints. When you are on the course, it is very difficult to make a confident swing if you are worrying about 4-5 swing thoughts during your actual swing.

Working with tempo beats has removed many of those thoughts from my head during my rounds, and it has me swinging the club more “freely” than I ever have.

If you are a golfer who has become frustrated with the cloud of swing thoughts in your head, using tempo as your focal point might be a welcome change.

About the Author

Jon Sherman is the owner of Practical Golf, a website dedicated to being an honest resource for the everyday golfer who is looking to enjoy the game more, as well as improve. He is the author of the bestselling book 101 Mistakes All Golfers Make (and how to fix them). You can find him on Twitter here – @practicalgolf, where he is happy to chat about golf with anyone.

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Guest Post|0 Comments

To Lift or Not to Lift?

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We’re talking the Left Heel (for a RH golfer). Got a reader who wrote in:

“John Jr., I noticed in your long drive baskswing that you lift your lead heel. Should I lift my lead heel and if so, why?”

Great Question! Here is my Clif’s note’s answer:

For men: They should ABSOLUTELY lift the left heel. This will do many things but main 2:

1. Add power
2. Take stress off of the back (esp. the lumbar spine)

For women: It’s not as clear cut because women are so much more flexible than men. If the female golfer wanted more power, then I would encourage her to learn to lift the left heel. If she is already powerful, has no back pain, and is a pretty good golfer, then I would say this:

DON’T TRY OR NOT TRY TO LIFT THE LEFT HEEL. Let the heel do what it wants and that will be ‘natural’ for that women’s swing.

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By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

3 Traits to look for in a teacher/teaching system

I was recently listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast (highly recommend his podcast) and he was asked, “What should you look for when choosing a teacher? ”

The answer was brilliant and I’ve applied it to golf and golf training ‘systems’.

The first thing to look for is: Reliable/Repeatable results. This might go without saying but does the system produce results? And who gets the results? is it just tour pro’s? For golf, the teacher or the system should be able to get results with any type of golfer. As an example, Tour Tempo gets results with beginning golfers all the way thru Tour pro’s.

Ideal trait #2: Do they question the norm? I love this one, because this is how all progress is made. When my dad started to unlock the discovery of Tour Tempo, it took conventional thinking on tempo and flipped it on it’s head. There is a direct relationship between questioning the norm and results: the more it’s questioned, the quicker the better the results. Again, Tour Tempo totally fits that and that is why the results are so dramatic.

The third trait is: Do they Challenge the student? In other words, when you start to work on the new system, is it pushing you beyond your current limits? If the answer is no, then you won’t grow and there will be no lasting improvement. I would add a part ‘b’ to this trait: Does this feel totally different? Again, in the golf analogy, if you go the teacher and nothing feels different, well, by definition, nothing has improved. Tour Tempo really fits the bill on this trait. The first time students try Tour Tempo, it’s difficult for them to: A. keep up with the tones and B. Sync with the tones….. But, if they work at it, then they start to ‘get’ it, and that ‘getting’ it is where the sweet spot is in learning. Also, Tour Tempo really feels different (along with the Tour Tempo training aids) and the most common comment we hear is, “This feels way different, it’s way too fast”. Then about 20 swings later the student is hitting 10-15 yards farther and the tempo is starting to feel better.

So, there you have it, make sure whatever system or teacher you use can answer yes to all 3 of these questions.

By |October 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Congrats to Padraig Harrington!

Padraig shot -23 to win the Portugal Masters. He is a great golfer as well as great person, and it’s great to see him get his 15th win on the PGA Tour.

Padraig’s tempo is a super fast 18/6 on full swings.

Hope to see him qualify for the Masters in 2017!

By |October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

If Butch Could Gain 20 Yards, Why Not You?

How Butch Gained 20 Yards on Day 1 of the Tour Tempo VIP School

Click here to read Butch’s Testimonial

Gaining clubhead speed and distance is tricky but it’s not complicated, there are really just a few ways to gain speed and yardage. I talk about them all the time, there are 4 ways to do it:
  1. Improve Your Body
  2. Improve Your Mechanics
  3. Change the Paradigm/Feel of the Swing/Speed with RESISTANCE
  4. Improve Your Tempo

However, in order to gain 20 yards in 1 day, you can’t really improve your body (#1), that takes time, kind of like gaining muscle or losing fat. That leaves us 2-4 and #2 is hard to change in 1 day also, it takes time to make swing change. So, we are left with 3 and 4.

I should’ve listed #4 as #1, because the quickest, most efficient, best way to hit the ball farther is with the simplest change possible: Change Your Tempo. We’ve been doing tempo training for more than 10 years and I’ve personally seen hundreds of golfers immediately improve their swing and hit the ball farther by simply Changing Their Tempo. Specifically, they usually go from a slow elapsed time AND a bad ratio to a better elapsed time and the 3:1 ratio of Tour Tempo. When they do that, good things happen. That’s exactly what my latest student did, so read on to find out how Butch added 20 yards in 1 day.

Butch came to me in early August of 2016 with a couple of goals. He is now 70 years old (in great shape for a 70 year old), but he had lost distance. Does that sound familiar? The very first thing I do for our training session is get current tempo and then put the golfer on the flightscope radar to get CHS/BS and distance.

Here are Butch’s ‘BEFORE’ Numbers:

Tempo: 29/8. This is the classic move we see where the backswing is too slow and then the golfer has a tendency to rush from the top and get out of sequence.

Flightscope Numbers with Driver:

Carry 206

CHS 91

BS 130

I put him thru the tempo training and he had to work hard to speed up his backswing. We used both 24/8 AND 21/7 to change his perception of the backswing. The move back should be a SWING. It’s called a backSWING. Not a takeBACK. When you have the intention to SWING the club back, it’s usually more efficient, quicker and lines up with Tour Tempo.

When a golfer goes from 29/8 to 24/8, they usually pick up some speed, but we/he wanted more, so we went with CHS transformer #3 as our next step:

Change the FEEL/Paradigm (with resistance)

This change of the paradigm is also known as the Speedball with Power Module. Most golfers have a paradigm in their head of hitting the ball (usually AT the ball) with a club. Seems logical and intuitive, but it couldn’t be more WRONG (if you want to hit the ball farther anyway).

If you go to a PGA Tour event and watch the guys on the range, you see this great acceleration THRU the ball to a really solid finish. The paradigm is THRU the ball.

If you watch a world class karate champion make a punch thru a board, the paradigm is THRU. They develop this by punching thru multiple boards (heavy RESISTANCE). When you hit something that hits you back, your body braces itself and your core muscles fire in a completely different way than just ‘punching air’ (a practice swing).  The beauty of the speedball is that it gives you the resistance you need to fire those muscles. Furthermore, it allows you to get to a full finish and it’s safe on your joints.

The Speedball with Power Module changes the paradigm of the swing to THRU and it incorporates resistance. To get a great increase in speed, you just have to swing it and stick it and swing THRU to a finish.

Here is Butch’s workout:

5 Y Drills

5 L Drills (Y and L Drills to Short Game Tones)

5 RH Only

5 LH Only

5 Full Swings to Long Game Tones

That is one super set. I had him then go to the middle tail and then the long tail. So 3 total sets and then also using our driver length Speedball on the 2nd and 3rd sets for the full swings. You get a bit of a boost when you use the driver Speedball because it is lighter than a normal driver. So, you get the benefit of overspeed training coupled with resistance at impact. Butch was able to get a high speed of 112 mph with the driver (measured on an SSR). You might be thinking, “how the hell did he increase 21 mph?”… well, we need to compare apples to apples. The lighter driver gets you about 5 mph and the SSR measures approx. 5 mph faster than the FS. But still, PLUS 10 MPH is a HUGE INCREASE, and we did that in about 30 minutes!!

So, we went out and hit more balls after the Tempo/Speedball Workouts and his new average Flightscope Numbers were:

After:

Carry 216

CHS 93

BS 134

I’m showing his best one of the bunch, a 19 yard increase in carry!

My note to him was, “we did this in just one day, think what you can do with a few weeks of work!” It will take work, this change we make is not permanent, if he wants to maintain this increase, he will need to put in the work:

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3-4x per week

30 minutes per session

I’m guessing for most of you enthusiastic golfers out there, this won’t seem like work (only 30 min, 3x per week), but you do have to stick with it for quite some time to make it permanent.

Day 2

Day 2 was more of the same, but we noticed he was having trouble transferring the tempo to his driver on full swings. So, I reached into my bag of ‘Power’ tools and had him use the Power Tools training club. The specific drill we used was to have him swing it and make sure he could feel the hinge at the top before he started down.

This gave him time for the transition. He did that a few times and then hit some balls… the results were/are pretty awesome!

So, we finally put it all together and hit some drivers. The results were awesome! Drives that were carrying more than 225 yards, better tempo, and just an overall better move. I’ve put his before/after swings in a comparison video (using our Tour Tempo Frame Counter app) and you can see the results for yourself. The before swing is obviously on the left and the new and improved Butch is on the right:

If you have interest in making a transformation like Butch, start with our book and our apps for iPhone/Android, both named Tour Tempo. If those resonate with you, go to step 2 and get the training aids we used. If you want to ‘hack’ the whole process, contact us and set up your transformation today.

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Tour Tempo Model – Henrik Stenson

Big Congrats to the Big Swede for winning THE OPEN in style! Henrik Stenson is the Tour Tempo Model: His full swings are 18/6 and putting is 16/8. Do some math and you can see that he is back to impact before 99% of avg golfers get to the TOP of their swings. Also, he fits the 1:1 ratio as his follow thru is about 18-19 frames as well.

The question you should be asking yourself: is it a coincidence that his full swing is 18/6 and putting is 16/8? in other words, he has the SAME elapsed time from takeaway to impact for full swings and putting….My answer is NO. It is not a coincidence. It makes it easy for his brain to be more consistent and he just has to feel/comprehend the 24 frames.

There’s a lot to love about Stenson’s swing and game, and I’m going to cover it in a future blog, one of my favorite thing is his ‘PRE-set trigger’ move. Look for a video from me on that very soon, as I think most amateurs really lack a pre-shot routine and trigger move.

 

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments
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